Songs you hate by bands you love

As voted by the readers of NME

There’s nothing like the crushing disappointment of putting on your headphones to listen to your favourite band’s new single, only to be met with something that sounds (to you) like the music equivalent of a wasp stuck in a lamp shade. You basically go through the five stages of grief for your once beloved fave band, hate them for a little bit, and then they’ll put out another total banger which will redeem their place in your heart.

But what are these rotten eggs that your golden geese are putting out? We asked NME readers to let us know – and here’s what you said: these are the songs you hate by bands you love.

Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’

Oosh – a bold choice to be sure. It may have gone triple platinum here in the UK and have millions of streams on Spotify. Hell, even Alex James from Blur said he wish he’d written it; but a lot of NME readers couldn’t get on the ‘Wonderwall’ hype.

Björk – Bachelorette

Regardless of the mad video (below), for some this was the song they hated by their beloved Björk.

Radiohead – ‘Creep’

While for some it was ‘High and Dry’ that’s the rotten apple in the orchard of excellent songs by Radiohead, it was ‘Creep’ that was resoundingly not a favourite.

Arcade Fire – ‘Chemistry’

There wasn’t a lot of love for Arcade Fire’s latest record ‘Everything Now’, especially the messy brass “Oom Pah Pahs” of ‘Chemistry’.

Blondie – ‘The Tide is High’

Blondie’s cover of The Paragons’ tune may have soared to Number One in the US and the UK, but some just can’t get behind their reggae-inflected rendition of ‘The Tide is High’.

Leonard Cohen – ‘Hallelujah’

Some would say this is blasphemy, but a few people just can’t get on with Leonard Cohen’s original version of ‘Hallelujah’.

R.E.M. – ‘Shiny Happy People’

R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ is more like shiny unhappy people for a few.

The Beatles – ‘Yellow Submarine’

There were controversial Beatles opinions galore. Whilst some couldn’t stand ‘A Day In The Life’, others hated ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution 9’ was compared to the “stuff of nightmares“; but the Beatles track that came out on top (or rather, on bottom) was the psychedelic trip that was ‘Yellow Submarine’.

Blur – ‘Crazy Beat’

There were a few bold Blur choice in the mix, including the usually crowd pleasing ‘Girls and Boys’ and ‘Song 2’, but it was ‘Crazy Beat’ from the band’s seventh album ‘Think Tank’ that proved the most unloved, with audience’s still not understanding why it was included on the record fifteen year’s on.

Jimmy Eat World – ‘The Middle’

For some: a teenage anthem. For others, an overplayed cliche.

Muse – ‘Dig Down’

There was a lot of hate for the “god awful” ‘Dig Down’ by Muse, which appeared time and time again.